Google is one of the worlds most creative and innovative companies. It is the most visited website in the world. Well, you may know this but did you know that more than two million searches are performed almost every minute on Google. Here are some most interesting and lesser-known facts about Google.
Backrub was the original name of Google due to the backlink technology used to determine site importance. Google got its name accidentally as the founder’s misspelled googol which means number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Patent of Pagerank algorithm of Google is still owned by Stanford. Google headquarters is called “The Googleplex”, which comes from the word “googolplex”, meaning a 1 followed by one hundred 0s
Google considers GPA’s and tests scores to be worthless criteria for hiring. 14% of their employees haven’t gone to college. While employees in Google are called Googlers and new ones are called Nooglers
Google founders in 1999 tried to sell Google to Excite for just US$1 million but they refused. Originally Yahoo turned down to buy Google, but offered $3 billion in 2002 and then Google refused the offer. Now Google is valued at $400 billion.
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Larry Page and Sergey Brin Google founders attended Burning Man Festival in 1998 and dedicated it with first Google doodle. The idea behind doodle was to celebrate notable events. Over the years Google has created over 2000 doodles around the world.
Google is one of the most generous companies to work for. If a Google employee dies, their spouses will get half of the salary for 10 years. Moreover, the spouse will get stock benefits and their children will receive $1000 per month until they turn 19 years. And there are no tenure requirements for these benefits.
Google aims to scan before 2020, all known 129 million unique books. It is a very ambitious goal for Google to digitize all the books in the world. Google Street View has almost 28 million miles of photographed roads. To create the street view of a desert Google hired a camel. You can see underwater sea life, coral reefs and wrecks using Google Maps
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Google rents 200 goats from a company called California Grazing to replace the lawnmowers. In a bid to reduce the carbon footprints.
The “I’m feeling lucky” button bypasses all ads and it costs Google US$110 million per year. Advertising revenue of Google is almost US$20 billion a year which is more than the combined revenue of CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.
To crawl and index 50 million pages it took on month in 1999 and the same task was completed in less than one minute in 2012. More than two million searches are performed almost every minute on Google.
Almost 16% to 20% searches done every day on Google have never been asked before. Every single search travels on average 1500 miles to the data center and back to return the answer and uses almost 1000 computers in 0.2 seconds. Google takes over 200 factors into account to deliver the best results for any query in a fraction of a second.
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Google sent an e-mail to its employees on April Fool’s day of 2007, warning them that a python was loose in the facilities and it wasn’t a joke. Gmail was launched on April 1st of 2004 and many people thought it was April fool’s day prank.
First-ever tweet by Google was “I’m feeling lucky” written in binary code. Google owns common misspellings of its own name as well, such as www.gooogle.com, www.gogle.com, and www.googlr.com. It also owns the googlesucks.com domain.
Google is developing a computer so smart that it can program itself. Google’s First Computer Storage Was Made From LEGO.
Google went down for 5 minutes on August 16, 2013, and during that time 40% of the global internet traffic dropped. All Google services like Google Search, YouTube and Google Drive remained unavailable for those five minutes.
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Since 2010 Google has been acquiring average of two companies per month. Google was named the best company to work for in the U.S by Fortune magazine in 2014 for the 4th consecutive year. Android, Youtube, Waze, you name it, Google owns it.
It requires more computing power for a single Google search than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon from inception to completion. Google handles over 2 trillion searches per year. That’s about 270 searches per person on Earth. The total size of Google Earth’s database is over 20 Petabytes
Google has a dog-friendly work environment. Google code of conduct states that they are a dog company. “We recognize that dogs can be a valued and important part of employees’ lives and, in many cases, bringing them to work enhances their quality of life,” said Stacy Sullivan, Google’s chief culture officer
Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionaries added Google as a verb meaning search for information about someone or something on the internet using the search engine Google.
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Google homepage is so bare as the founders didn’t know HTML to make it fancy. Initially, you had to press the return key, as they didn’t know how to design the submit button. Until March 2001, the Google homepage was aligned on the right side instead of centered.
There’s a rotated version of Google known as ‘Google Mirror’, which shows everything in a mirrored avatar. The mirror site, called elgooG in which all the text on the web pages has been reversed. The text terms used for searches are also entered in reverse. elgooG can be accessed from behind China’s “great firewall”
Some More Interesting and Fun Facts about Google
- Google helps pronounce massive numbers if you type ‘=english’ after searching for a number
- If you search for “askew” in Google, the content will tilt slightly to the right.
- Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road.
- Go to Google Mars and you can view images uploaded by NASA’s rovers and other missions to the Red Planet. You can explore historical maps of the planet drawn up by astronomers through the years. Imagery view, infrared and elevation views of the planet Mars can also be seen. Check out yourself
- Google Sky Maps allows you to view stars, constellations, galaxies, and planets.
- Search “atari breakout” in Google Images and you can play the game. Try it now.
- Google has a pet T-rex, named Stan, which lives at their California headquarters. Founders bought it to remind the employees to not let Google go extinct
- Google has a version of its site translated into the language of the Klingons, from Star Trek
- No part of a Google office is allowed to be more than 150 feet away from some kind of food.
- Google offers employees free condoms that come in blue, red, green, and yellow and have the phrase “I’m Feeling Lucky!” printed on them
- Google is a wedding planner. Google Wedding is a little known free service to plan your wedding
- Steve Jobs once called Google to tell them the yellow gradient in the second “O” of their logo wasn’t quite right
- Iran’s largest airport had a Star of David embedded into its roof for 30 years until it was discovered through Google Earth.
- Google bought YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stocks just 18 months after YouTube’s creation
- Susan Wojcicki, the woman who rented her garage to Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they were creating Google later became the CEO of YouTube
- In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps. Nicaraguan troops crossed the border, took down a Costa Rican flag and defiantly raised their own flag on Costa Rican turf. When a border is disputed by two or more territories, Google Maps changes its borders in each country to reflect that country’s beliefs.